You read that numeral right. Twenty-two thousand horsepower will roar from within the newest Heesen megayacht under contract. Project Skyfall needs this power punch because her owner plans to back down on plenty of big fish while attempting to reel them into the yacht’s cockpit.
The owner made a seemingly unusual shipyard choice for a super-sportfisherman. However, since Heesen does build fully custom yachts, it’s not out of the question. On a related note, the management team says it’s fielding increasing requests for custom megayachts. Furthermore, a sportfisherman is not out of the yard’s experience. Vida (ex-Project Antares), for example, which Heesen delivered earlier this year, belongs to an avid angler. And, back in the yard’s early days, it constructed the Striker series of sportfishermen.
The 900-gross-ton Project Skyfall is a much—emphasis on much—bigger sportfisherman, of course. With a length of 193’6” (59 meters), she is for an owner’s party of 12. Four staterooms below decks accommodate 10 guests, while the owner has a bridge-deck suite, sitting aft. Naturally, the master suite has a private alfresco area, featuring a hot tub and inviting seating area.
Outside, guests can watch the action in the cockpit from the aft dining area. Let’s hope someone aboard is a good videographer to catch that action, since Project Skyfall has a media room fully forward on her main deck, with a cinema-like screen (and games table).
Interestingly, she also has a beach club, with a wellness area. These certainly aren’t typical of a fishing machine. But, this is still a superyacht, one with a dramatic paint scheme calling attention to Omega Architects’ low, sleek styling.
To chase after big fish, Project Skyfall will achieve a 37-knot speed under light load. The above-mentioned horsepower, the most ever for a Heesen, and four waterjets will aid in that performance. The fast-displacement hull form from Van Oossanen Naval Architects is the final piece of the performance puzzle.
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Omega Architects omega-architects.com